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Posted February 19, 2011
This suspenseful thriller, written with prescisely detailed prose, and cast with unique characters, delves into a phase of life rarely covered in other books featuring protagonists that boast membership in the Special Forces. Mack Brinson is retired, Post Mid-life, and shares a Southern home with his dog and dead wife's mother. Rambo this guy is not, and that's the strength in this tale of duty and vengeance. While Brinson's days of parachuting into some jungle warzone may be behind him, there's still plenty to fight for when a smarmy televangelist threatens what's near and dear. Timely and telling, Piety and Murder is a nice addition to your eReader of choice.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2011
Although I am not used to reading novels written in the first person, Drinkard does an excellent job of bringing his vast military experience into his characters. In a voice that resonates, Piety and Murder explores the underground relationship between drug cartels and an easily manipulated televangelist. With twists and turns, the reader is exposed to a story that is both enlightening and relevant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2010
I just finished the final chapter of Thomas Drinkard's new novel and have to profess that it qualifies as a true page-turner or in the electronic age a "thumb-burner". This book is an action-thriller in every sense of the word. The action and suspense begins within the first ten words and never lets up. The main character, Mack Brinson, is an ex-Army Special Forces officer of the Vietnam era. He is living a quiet life near New Orleans, earning his living as a broker of high-end estate jewelry. When he finds out that his mother-in-law is being systematically bilked out of her money by a TV evangelist, he attempts to intercede on her behalf. In doing so, he begins to uncover a complex, global crime syndicate that has no qualms about using brute force and murder to protect their interest. Mack suddenly and unexpectedly becomes a target of the syndicate. Now in his late fifties or sixties, Mack must pull up long unused skills and techniques just to survive. The writing in Piety and Murder is excellent and in the classic action-thriller style (i.e. the action never lets up). Adding depth and dimension to the work is Mr. Drinkard's ability to take us "into the head" of the main character. Through this technique, we are aware of Mack's fears, concerns, and emotional struggles. The writing reminded me of Robert Ludlum's at its best (Borne Identity). Without spoiling the story, I will reveal that Mack must pull in several old buddies from his warrior days to help him survive and complete a mission he doesn't want, but cannot avoid. The "About the Author" section in the back of the book reveals that Mr. Drinkard is himself an ex-Special Forces officer of the Vietnam era. This, no doubt, accounts for his ability to create riveting paramilitary scenes with precision and detailed accuracy. My understanding is that this is Thomas Drinkard's first novel. If so, then he is to be applauded. This is top-notch writing and I hope there is more to come (soon). If you are a fan of the action-thriller genre, then you must add Thomas Drinkard to your reading list. You will not be disappointed, although your thumb may begin to ache because of your inability to stop thumbing pages. Highly recommended!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2010
In college, Thomas Rowe Drinkard enjoyed amateur theatrics, playing the lead in several campus productions. After graduating during the Vietnam era, he plied the craft of unconventional war and profession of soldiering as a U.S. Army Special Forces officer. During those years he wrote contemplative, insightful short stories and poems often published in periodicals and anthologies. Now, his gifts as wordsmith, his sense of drama and his skills in deadly confrontation yield a cheek-clenching novel of prostituted evangelical fervor masking murderous greed, where no tenet -- and no soul -- is worth more than its cash value. Piety and Murder, a tale of connivance, cruelty and corruption, is a thoughtful and solid read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2010
This author has managed to combine the familar areas of Louisiana with the all too familar rip-off of charleton preachers woven into a blanket of resistance formed by special operations military personnel. Its the good old boys (with hired special ops personnel) against retired black ops commandos. Now throw in some outstandingly good looking women in the mix, a lot of danger, more turns and twists than you can count and stir the pot. Conflict and charcter motivation seems to leap off the page. You want to read faster just to see when LeBlanc gets his just rewards, when Brinson will finally catch up with yellow teeth and much, much more. It'll be dard to put this book down.
Marion M. John Dollar